1883 Italianate – Hartford City, IN

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Added to OHD on 6/6/19   -   Last OHD Update: 4/21/21   -   25 Comments

507 S Walnut St, Hartford City, IN 47348

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  • $199,900
  • 4 Bed
  • 3 Bath
  • 3722 Sq Ft
  • 1.19 Ac.
John P.A. Leonard built this home in 1883, a large 2 story brick Italanate Victorian home in a grove of mature Walnut, Oak & Hickory trees. The large wrap around porch completes the exterior of the home and an ornate cast iron fence borders 2 sides of the property. The landscaping is exquisite. The exterior is a show stopper for sure. This owner, only the 3rd owning this home, has made many improvements taking care to keep the style as original as possible. Some newer windows, wiring, kitchen cabinetry, counters & stainless appliances. The heating is Gas Boiler heating w/ the original radiators in excellent condition! Throughout the home the ornate fireplaces boast hand painted slate, some work and some are gas. The main level offers a 2 part parlor w/wood pillars and striking original woodwork. Also, on main level a large bedroom w/full bath access , formal dining room w/original built in china cabinetry, butler buzzer, main kitchen & summer kitchen w/ 2 - 5 x 15 walk in closets. Basement has access from cellar door and under bathroom floor. (seller believes it was a possible underground railroad access ) The upper level offers 3 more large bedroom w/ walk in closets, a parlor and 2 full baths. The garage is accessible from the main kitchen or summer kitchen and is sure to please w/one stall tall enough for RV or truck and the other stall is oversized w/overhead storage and workspace plus room for your vehicles! You must see this breathtaking home , you will want to make it your own.
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Tina Cale, Re/Max Real Estate Groups
(765) 744-6493
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  1. sae43351sae43351 says: 24 comments
    1875 Converted Italianate
    Upper Sandusky, OH

    Really nice. I would surmise that some of the interior elements were added later, just as they were in our house. Particularly the columns and columned fireplace mantel in quarter sawn oak. Also, it would be unusual to find a bedroom on the ground floor. My best guess is that area originally had some other use.

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    • MikeMike says: 382 comments
      1886 Queen Anne
      IL

      My neighbor’s house (like mine) was built in the 1880s, and she has a pair of columns nearly identical to these here separating her front and back parlor. I’ve always admired them, a little jealous I guess, LOL. I have pocket doors between mine, and they really are better suited to our use. We keep them closed unless we are having company.

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    • MJGMJG says: 2635 comments
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      CT

      I’ve seen bedrooms on the first floor in some floor plan books and I know it seem weird but I do see it. Mark Twain also had his home built in 1876 with a first floor bedroom and connecting bathroom off the library.

      Pallisers has some examples.
      https://archive.org/details/pallisersamerica00pall/page/57

      I totally agree that the columned fireplace probably came later in the 1890s or 1900s. I don’t see too much of that style in 1880. I would surmise that even the big columned opening was put later. But the woodwork in photo number 12 is most certainly 1880s!

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    • JimHJimH says: 5576 comments
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      The columns are later as you say, and it’s great that the remodeling was limited and restrained. The owners, French-born druggist J.P.A. Leonard and his wife Susannah, were here for 30 years and apparently made many small changes without altering the basic character of the place. I see at least four different styles of window and door casings!

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  2. MikeMike says: 382 comments
    1886 Queen Anne
    IL

    I love this house! Everything inside and out looks so peaceful, and the agent did a great job with the pictures. I would remove the mention about the underground railroad, though…slavery ended 20 years before this house was built.

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    • RootsgirlRootsgirl says: 1 comments
      1890 Hartford City, IN

      Directly across the street from this house on the highway is a house that also has access to something like a basement through the bathroom that is tunnel like that goes under the road towarss the Leonard Mansion!

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  3. MJGMJG says: 2635 comments
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    CT

    I really love this house! Amazing details. Though I’d assume it would have a beautiful staircase and there is no photo of one.

    Everything show is so nice! My type of dream house I’d love to buy. My heart jumped when I saw Hartford but saw it was not Hartford CT. (not sure i’d even live there but still close to home)

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    • GearGirlGearGirl says: 205 comments
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      1909 Arts and Crafts
      Scottsdale, AZ

      I did the virtual tour via Matterport and the layout is a bit baffling. You enter the house into what is now the dining room. To the right is a door that leads to a full bath, and walking through the bath you exit through a second door that goes into a bedroom. The bath pics are coupled with the lower bedroom pic and you can see the slant of the stairway.

      The full bath is located under the only stairway I could find in the house.

      To get to the stairway, you have to walk straight from the front door through the dining room to a hallway, make a right, and the entry to the stairway is on your right. It is an enclosed stairway (walls on both sides) with a small landing halfway up where you double back to continue ascending.

      I have never seen such an arrangement. Has anyone else??

      By the way, the full bath is obviously an addition/conversion/remodel because the doorway framing is different from the rest of the house. That “bedroom” would make a good library IMO.

      I really expected a WOW factor stairway as well.

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      • MJGMJG says: 2635 comments
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        CT

        Yeah I did that tour too. The arrangement is very interesting indeed. Maybe they spent their money on everything but the staircase when they had the house built. I too was surprised. I think the front door is the one that opens up into the hall. Or at least that was the original front door. To the right is the front parlor which is almost always in the front of the house or a place guests can be ushered. It’s a double parlor and it looks as if someone removed the double doors. Probably solid wood doors. It’s a unique layout indeed. Has me perplexed.

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        • Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 1166 comments
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          1875 Limestone house
          Langeais, Loire Valley,

          Totally agree with you regarding the floor plan. Especially as you can see that the door that opens in the hallway is on the side of the front yard on the main road where there’s a petite gate to enter the property: https://goo.gl/maps/DgEsoWHnmBZn6eCm8 . But the whole floor plan is indeed intriguing, and the fact that the staircase is enclosed. As well as the exterior that is full Italianate but not the inside. Could it be older than 1883? Really intriguing, i’d love to read input from other OHDers to try and solve these mysteries!

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          • MJGMJG says: 2635 comments
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            CT

            Maybe. There still does appear to be woodwork in here that is more indicative of the early 1880’s. I wonder if the black incised lines were later additions or original ebonized detail. I’ve seen it done before on original houses. I am perplexed at the molding in the dining room is a little plainer than the other rooms. Dining rooms were public rooms for guests to see, so I would suspect it to be more grand.

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      • Crimson_RooCrimson_Roo says: 114 comments
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        Um, I think that’s the side entrance (into the dining room – on W Leonard St). The front entrance looks like it’s on S State Rd 3 and opens into the hallway – the bedroom is on the left (the stairway on the other side of that down the hallway) and the parlor is directly in front of you when you walk through that door.

        Although…this post lists the address as 507 S Walnut St – as does the Virtual Tour – but it looks like on Google Maps, the address is 512 S State Rd 3? Assuming arguendo that “S State Rd 3” is also called “S Walnut St” at that part of the road, why would the house numbers differ?

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    • shellyshelly says: 27 comments
      1920 Arts & Crafts Colonial
      CT

      This is a great house!

      I like that the kitchen is simple and not flashy and over-done. I’m so put off by old, beautiful homes with modern kitchens and baths that look like they belong in a totally different house but I think that these people did a nice job of modernizing the kitchen and baths while still being respectful of the home as a whole!

      I also got really excited when I saw “Hartford” thinking that it was nearby and even though Hartford is not where I want to live, I would absolutely drive by to take a look at it!

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  4. BethanyBethany says: 3481 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    Indiana strikes again . . . a gorgeous Bricktorian to make me swoon. I particularly love the colors they’ve used on the exterior trim. And that green green yard surrounded by iron fencing! “sigh”

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  5. KarenAKarenA says: 103 comments
    Greenfield, IN

    There might have been another home built in this spot that could’ve been part of the Underground RR. There are houses all over the state of Indiana that were part of the RR, including one near my house.

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  6. dkrepdkrep says: 8 comments
    Muncie, IN

    I have been fascinated by this house since I was a kid, so imagine my delight when this listing popped up today! Thank you for adding it! ?

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    • My grandmother was a baby nurse at Blackford County Hospital and for years I always heard her and grandpa talking about Hartford City, and Muncie. I was too young, never made the connections. Oh how I miss my grandparents too! I remember in the 1990’s I was working as a night auditor in a hotel and I checked in a lady from Hartford City, I mentioned my grandma to her, come to find out that my grandmother delivered her kids! This was in SC she had traveled here for a vacation. Small world we really do live in. Grandma always worked the night shift for as long as I could remember.

      Any hoo, this house took my breath away. Reminded me of my great grandfathers house, he lived in an Italianate! Which is still standing a distant cousin lives in it now.

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  7. Buck's DaughterBuck's Daughter says: 148 comments
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    Upon first glance, this Italianate make a bold statement with the huge shade trees and the ornate cast iron fence. Can almost imagine sitting in the cozy spot nestled among the shade trees in summer with a glass of sweet tea reading a book. The screen door with fan detail is a warm reminder of days gone by, with the dining room being a warm and welcoming room with the built-in china cabinet and beautiful wide plan floors. What a great looking kitchen, love the granite countertops and original? brick backsplash. Also greatly admire the beautiful carved dark cabinetry in bathroom with the brushed copper sinks and faucets. I guess you could say I just love, love, love the Italianate style & this is a beautiful example.

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    • MJGMJG says: 2635 comments
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      CT

      I agree. I keep looking at these pictures. I too can see myself sitting under those large trees. Plus that fence is a gem!

      I personally don’t think the kitchen exposed brick is original. Either the walls were removed or there was an addition onto the house and the kitchen moved.

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  8. ScottScott says: 350 comments
    1951 Grants Pass, OR

    What’s the doohickey low on the wall next to the kitchen door in this photo?

    https://www.oldhousedreams.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/281-507swalnutst.jpg

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  9. Buck's DaughterBuck's Daughter says: 148 comments
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    Just had to come back once again, to gaze upon the beautiful wooded yard and that amazing cast iron fencing. Wow, that closet is so roomy you could easily morph that into a room. What a great laundry room, looks like they thought of just about everything. Would love to see a shot of the staircase upon entry, also looking down toward entrance. I admire this home and the surroundings so very much, this is one of my all-time favorites!!

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  10. ms.anthropems.anthrope says: 9 comments
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    1895 queen anne cottage
    OH

    Omg, is that ebonized wood within the window and door casings?! Sold!! Love this one! Indy is on our list too! Perfect.

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